A Report from Secular Coalition’s Annual Lobby Day
October 1, 2019 ·

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Secular Coalition for America’s (SCA) annual lobby day. Approximately ninety attendees flew in from across the United States to give voice to the concerns of America’s ever-increasing nonreligious population. Before the attendees were dispatched to meet with their representatives, I delivered a presentation on …

Secular Addiction Recovery is for Everyone
August 29, 2019

We at CFI haven’t said much about this lately, but one of our legislative advocacy issues is ensuring access to secular, science-based addiction recovery support programs across the United States. In too many communities, faith-based, “twelve-step” programs are the only peer-support group option for people recovering from addiction. Sometimes people with addictions suffer run-ins with …

Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019

Press Releases

Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Homeopathy in the House
July 19, 2019

Homeopathy isn’t discussed much in the halls of Congress. So when last month, a pro-homeopathy amendment was considered on the House floor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to peek at the man behind the congressional curtain. Our longtime supporters will recall that, in 2015, former CFI Director of Government Affairs Michael DeDora …

We Did It! CFI Met with Every New Member of Congress
April 22, 2019


When a new and more diverse freshman class of Congress came to Washington earlier this year, forming a new Democratic majority, we told you that we intended to hit the ground running, and meet with each newly elected representative in the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. I’m happy to report to you that our goal …

Statement on “Religious Freedom” Remarks by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
January 17, 2019


Yesterday, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience in which he claimed that secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA, passed in 1993, prevents the government from substantially burdening an individual’s exercise of religion unless there is a …

D.C. Government Backs Down from Privileging Churches After Warning Letter from CFI
December 12, 2018


Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for …

Our future depends on your vote.
November 6, 2018


Please vote on November 6.

October 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
October 31, 2018


October was another busy month for CFI’s Office of Public Policy (OPP).

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege: Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Worse than We Thought
September 10, 2018

Update: Though CFI believes, based on his past statements and on the phrasing of his answer to Senator Cruz, that Judge Kavanaugh probably does hold an unscientific position on birth control and abortifacients, the evidence is insufficient to make this claim with 100 percent certainty. Although Judge Kavanaugh’s answer doesn’t allow us to determine with certainty …